Sunshine, sweaty temperatures and air conditioning aren’t exactly your skin’s best friend. Skin and beauty expert Karen J. Gerrard reveals 13 steps to perfect summer skin
There’s nothing like a hot summer’s day to boost our energy levels and boost our mood — but the toll on our skin can be irreversible if left unprotected.
The hotter it gets outside, the drier your skin gets, because even just general exposure to the environment when you’re out and about can cause the moisture to be sucked away from your skin.
the toll on our skin can be irrevocable if left unprotected
Not only that, but harmful UV rays aren’t good for our skin either — we know that all too well.
Skin and beauty expert Karen J Gerrard, founder of SEAMS Hand Care reveals the 13 simple steps you can take to keep your skin safe and glowing this summer…
Step #1 Protect
During the day calls for SPF in both your moisturizer and makeup. The SPF in many foundations is not strong enough to protect you from the sun.
Even if you are used to using a lower SPF on your body, you should still opt for a higher SPF for your face.
Oh and just because the sun isn’t shining doesn’t mean you should skip adding SPF to your morning routine. UV radiation is not affected by temperature and UV rays can penetrate the clouds.
So, rain or shine, make sure to protect your skin with an SPF.
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Step #2 Hydrate
Drink a lot of water before you start to get thirsty. Put a bottle of water on your desk or bag and drink it all day long.
If you squeeze the top of your hand and the skin doesn’t bounce back immediately, you’re dehydrating and you could be losing collagen, making the skin flabby and dull.
Step #3 Cleaning
Never go to bed at night without a cleanse, toning and hydration. Wash only with warm water, as very hot water will strip the natural oils from your skin.
Liz Earl Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser gently exfoliates dry skin and removes impurities.
only warm water, as very hot water will strip the natural oils from your skin
Step #4 Exfoliate
You should exfoliate at least once a week to remove dead skin cells, as smoother skin will absorb the products better.
Keep an exfoliating wash in the shower for your face, neck, shoulders and decalage. However, be careful, because in the summer the skin can be extra sensitive.
Use a wet exfoliating mitt in a circular motion over your body with your favorite body wash, try Ameliorate Exfoliating Body Mitt or Massage Clarins Tonic Body Polisher on wet skin and rinse.
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Step #5 Scrub your heels too
Our heels see the light of day more than ever during the summer – sandals, flip flops, flip flops, even bare feet – our tootsies are exposed to the elements much more than usual as the weather warms up.
Save a little for your exfoliator for your heels. A little bit of exfoliator added to your heels when using a pumice stone can keep cracked skin at bay.
Step #6 Hydrate
Use a body moisturizer each day. If your skin is really dry, base with bio oil.
On a practical note, buy a body lotion in a bottle and just pump it easier to use when you’re in a rush.
Have an essential rescue cream or balm on hand all times
Step #7 Supplies
Have an essential rescue cream or balm on hand all timesI use Elemis SOS cream which helps repair and protect weathered or sunburned skin.
A bottle of rosehip oil is also essential. It is full of fatty acids and has a multitude of properties to moisturize, fade scars, nourish the skin and fight the effects of sun damage.
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Step #8 Microbiome
All that sweating in warmer weather can create an imbalance in your skin’s microbiome. A balanced skin microbiome will therefore help to keep your skin glowing.
Avoid using heavy products as they can remove the good bacteria needed to keep skin conditions like acne at bay.
Step #9 Feed
Help your skin from the inside out with their 3 summer superfoods:
- Watermelons – Nicknamed ‘summer blessings’ because they are packed with nutrients, they can help flush out toxins and definitely keep you hydrated.
- Cauliflower – is rich in sulforaphane, which can help protect the skin from ultraviolet rays.
- Avocados – are full of vitamin E that can help keep the skin plump.
Step #10 Don’t forget your hands
Don’t forget your hands, they are exposed most of the time and can be a true storyteller of age – so it’s important to pay as much attention to your hands as you do to your face.
The skin on our hands is thinner than any other part of the body and when it gets dry it can split and become painful. Keep nails shorter and apply more often than usual, as warm, humid climates are a haven for fungus to grow if water gets between the polish and the nail.
The skin on our hands is thinner than any other part of the body
SEAMS Hand Cream is non-greasy and can be used all day long and has a Biomimetic Lipid Complex that helps to lock in moisture and protect skin barrier function and repair split cuticles.
If you’ve been a sun worshipper, stay out of the rays, you’ll notice age spots begin to fade and skin brightens – it’s never too late!
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Step #11 Pretend, don’t bake it
Do you want a sunkissed look without the harmful rays of the sun? Use a liquid bronzer that you can blend into the skin.
Perricone no makeup bronzer mimics your skin’s pigment, just dab some liquid on the hollows under each cheekbone and rub into skin for a natural look.
dab some liquid on the cavities under each cheekbone
Another favorite summer skin product of mine is Luxe Face Illuminating Self-Tan Drops. Add some to your moisturizer for a smooth, natural glow, or highlight the cheekbones with Chanel Les Beiges Bronzing Cream.
Step #12 Wear lighter makeup
A lighter foundation is always best in warmer weather to prevent too much makeup and clog your pores from perspiration.
Better yet, use a tinted moisturizer — I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Light Wonder SPF 15.
Remember that your skin can tan even in shade or cloudy weather, so you may want to use a slightly darker shade than usual.
Step #13 Legs
Do you want to create a silk stocking effect on your legs? Massage in with NUXE Golden Shimmer Multi-Purpose Dry Oil.
Then give yourself a spritz of Estee lauders Bronze Goddess perfume smell a wonderful scent of coconut, vanilla and sandalwood as you walk.
Karen J Gerrard is a skin and beauty expert and founder of SEAMS – www.seamsbeauty.co.uk